May 20, 1942
Today in World War II Pacific History
Day by day chronology
WEDNESDAY, 20 MAY 1942
CHINA-BURMA-INDIA (10th Air Force): 11th Bombardment
Squadron (Heavy), 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), arrives at Karachi from
the US with B-17's first mission is June 3, 1942.
SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN AREA (SOPAC, 7th Air Force): Admiral John S McCain, in
Seaplane Tender USS TANGIER (AV-8) at Noumea, New Caledonia , assumes
command as Commander Aircraft South Pacific Forces (COMAIRSOPAC). Ground echelon
of 69th Bombardment Squadron (Medium), 38th Bombardment Group (Medium) transfers
from Amberley Field to New Caledonia; air echelon is at Hickam
Field with B-26's.
SOUTHWEST PACIFIC AREA (5th Air Force): B-17s attack Koepang Airfield and AA guns nearby.
USN: Rear Admiral J. S. McCain reported for duty as Commander Aircraft, South
Pacific, a new command established to direct the operations of tender and shore-based
aviation in the South Pacific area.
IJN: Japanese submarine I-10 catapults her E14Y1 Glen floatplane on a reconassiance mission over Durban.